How you can help veterans with PTSD this July 4th



The Fourth of July is an exciting time for the nation as Americans celebrate their independence, but for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it’s the kind of explosive celebration that sometimes brings back horrific memories of their time at war.

“When I hear certain fireworks, it’s like a rush comes back,” veteran Keino Armstead said.

In 2004, Armstead was called to Iraq. Now, he’s a counselor at the Charlotte Vet Center. He’s helped other veterans navigate the stress of fireworks.

The loud noises can be a trigger for some, especially if it’s a surprise.

“They lose their bearings, when I say bearings I mean the present — they could be reliving something,” Armstead said.

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